Exodus of elections officials raises concerns of partisanship

There is no shortage of job openings for local election officials in Michigan.

6/14/2021 4:04:00 AM

After facing threats and intimidation during the 2020 presidential election and its aftermath, and now the potential of new punishments in certain states, county officials who run elections are quitting or retiring early.

There is no shortage of job openings for local election officials in Michigan.

As a political reporter, I have seen four Republican revolutions — Ronald Reagan’s, Newt Gingrich’s, the Tea Party’s and Donald Trump’s — each of which took the party farther right.But in places that do track such information, along with anecdotal accounts from county officials, it is clear that many have recently left because of the newfound partisan rancor around the jobs and the threats many local elections workers faced leading up to the November election and afterward as former President Trump and his allies challenged the results.

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About a third of Pennsylvania’s county election officials have left in the last year and a half, according to a spokesman for the state’s county commissioners association, who cited heavy workloads and rampant misinformation related to voting among the reasons.

“It was particularly challenging last year with all the misinformation and angst out there,” said Lisa Schaefer, executive director of the County Commissioners Assn. of Pennsylvania. “And none of it was caused by county election officials.”The executive director of a clerks association in Wisconsin said more than two dozen clerks had retired since the presidential election and another 30 clerks or their deputies quit by the end of 2020. Thirteen have left since the beginning of this year. In Michigan, Byrum said she didn’t know a precise number of newly vacant positions but was able to rattle off several seasoned elections officials who had recently left. headtopics.com

The local elections jobs are being vacated as Trump’s false claims of fraud persist within the GOP and provide a platform for his loyalists to launch campaigns to become top election officials in several swing states.In Georgia, U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, a Trump recruit who voted to overturn the presidential results in the House of Representatives, is challenging Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican who has been

for upholding President Biden’s victory.AdvertisementArizona state Rep. Mark Finchem, who was at the Jan. 6 rally outside the Capitol and is a chief supporter of a partisan review of ballots in Maricopa County, is running for secretary of state. Former Nevada lawmaker Jim Marchant, who has clung to the conspiracy theory that the election was stolen from Trump, is campaigning to replace Republican Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, who has repeatedly denied claims of election fraud. Cegavske can’t run again because of term limits.

Sylvia Albert, voting and elections director for Common Cause, which advocates for expanded voter access, said that although the statewide positions come with more power, local officials generally have much discretion over how to solve such common election day issues as long lines, voter roll problems or trouble with voting machines.

“If you have an elections official who doesn’t want to expand access to the ballot, who finds democracy disturbing to them,” she said, “they’re not going to fix problems and then they’re going to multiply.”Races for county offices receive far less attention than those for statewide positions, and many of those roles aren’t up for election for another year or more. Still, partisanship has already seeped into the process. headtopics.com

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Exodus of election officials raises concerns of partisanshipThere is no shortage of job openings for local election officials in Michigan. It's the same in Pennsylvania. Wisconsin, too. After facing threats and intimidation during the 2020 presidential election and its aftermath, and now the potential of new punishments in certain states, county officials who run elections are quitting or retiring early. _aizaguirre Some of the local election officials have been forced to resign because they’ve conspired with others to subvert our election system. _aizaguirre Another casualty of the anti-democracy tide. Very sad!

Exodus of election officials raises concerns of partisanshipThere is no shortage of job openings for local election officials in Michigan. It's the same in Pennsylvania. Wisconsin, too. After facing threats and intimidation during the 2020 presidential election and its aftermath, and now the potential of new punishments in certain states, county officials who run elections are quitting or retiring early. _aizaguirre Some of the local election officials have been forced to resign because they’ve conspired with others to subvert our election system. _aizaguirre Another casualty of the anti-democracy tide. Very sad!

Exodus of election officials raises concerns of partisanshipThere is no shortage of job openings for local election officials in Michigan. It's the same in Pennsylvania. Wisconsin, too. After facing threats and intimidation during the 2020 presidential election and its aftermath, and now the potential of new punishments in certain states, county officials who run elections are quitting or retiring early. _aizaguirre This is bad. _aizaguirre Couple of months ago I came across a recommendation about GeorgeLinf32 wealth how he helped investors to earn lots of money with their investments. and I decided to give a trial with the little I have. Now my little has turned into something great which was not my expectation _aizaguirre Red states watch way too much zombie shows.

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